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Old 12-19-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default RX7 in Rallycross and ice racing.....

Hello guys, well ive been in a split decision whether or not i want to use my WRX or buy an N/A FC3S RX7 that i am currently looking at for very cheap and in excellent condition and is very hard to pass. its got 60k miles. I initially wanted to track my WRX but if i have an extra track car, i wont have to worry about my daily driver. Its a tough decision and the wrx is not ruled out so i come to you guys
So my question is, what have you guys noticed about rx7 in rallycross, ice and HPDE? Are they reliable? WHat would you guys do in my situation?
Is it smarter to have a track only car?
thanks for the help on everything guys.

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Old 12-20-2005, 09:35 AM   #2
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Well I think it would be smart to have a dedicated track car so you don't have to worry as much if you break something on your daily driver. The RX7 is a great car, I have never seen one at a rallycross but I do know some guys have stage rallied them. The main obstacle to overcome is the lack of torque that the rotary produces. For rallycrossing you will want torque to pull out of corners. Other than that I have always loved RX7s. Owned two a 1979 and a 1987. Both great cars. For that price make sure there is nothing wrong with the engine and that all maintenance has been done. Rotaries are very tempermental if they get over heated even slightly. Their apex seals (the rotary's version of a piston ring) is known to crack if you over rev the engine. Make sure the engine has always had plenty of oil since the rotary does burn oil with its fuel like a two stroke. Just some hints to let you know in case you didn't before. Hope this helped.
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Old 12-20-2005, 09:58 AM   #3
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We've have a couple old RX7s that attend our rallycrosses regularly. RWD is obviously a traction disadvantage on low-traction surfaces, but it's also probably a lot of fun. I can't remember either of them breaking down. One of them is also club rallied/hill climbed. Our two have never been terribly competitive b/c their classed against the FWD cars like Sentras and Focuses. Maybe they will be competitive in their class next year since there's a good chance RWD will be separated from FWD.
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Old 12-20-2005, 10:47 AM   #4
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all the cool kids rallyx RX7's

seriously, the cars have been around forever, parts are cheap, junkyards have tons of them, and they've been raced successfully in road racing and rally for decades, so the setup knowledge and parts base is at your finger tips. its a great choice.

you could concievably pick up a dirt cheap ITA/IT7 RX7 for under 2k and have a built/caged race car for track days, then just swap out to stock/dirt suspension for rally-x.
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Old 12-20-2005, 11:35 AM   #5
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Exclamation RX7 power

the orange Havspeed RX7 has been entertaining stage rally spectators in the Northeast and Canada for years. Havas gets so sideways in that thing, ppl never believe he's gonna save it but somehow he (usually) does.

Typically the RWD class at rallyXes are not as full as the AWD and FWD classes, so you have a better chance to win huge sums of cash and cover yourself in glory. Um, I mean mud.

Having a dedicated race car is a fun but slippry and addictive slope. Soon you need a trailer and an F250 to tow it and 26 sets of tires and $25k of Snap-On wrenches and a generator and a crew hauler and a hospitality suite and a motor home for the fillies and a helo to take you to races and and...

Or you can just track or rallyx the WRX a few times and be careful.

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Old 12-20-2005, 01:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the positive feedback guys. I knew the 7 had potential!
I am waiting to here back from the owner on more specifics and i will check it out after christmas. I am in school so im not sure if i could afford anything to break on my daily driver. Allid really do to the rx7 is maybe put a header, intake, 16" wheels and good tires, new steering wheel (stock is a 2-spoke )
and a racing seat. then its ready to go!....hopefully.
I know RWD isnt the best platform for rallyx buti think it can be pretty competetive not to mention it weighs around 2700 lbs stock with great balance. But i wont worry about being competetive for a while, just learning
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